How To Choose the Right Foundation for your Skin Type

Choose the best foundation for your skin type from my edit of beautifying complexion icons.

Darlings, I’ve formulated my foundations to look gorgeous on EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE! In my complexion wardrobe, there are light, medium and full-coverage options in a wide spectrum of shades to help everyone find their FLAWLESS MATCH!

Each of my foundations are special, but if you want to find the formula that perfectly complements your skin type, discover my guide to choosing the right foundation for your skin and learn the best foundations for dry, oily, combination and normal skin.

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My Best Foundations for Every Skin Type

Which is the Best Foundation for Dry Skin?

Dry skin is prone to dry patches and flaking, so it’s important to use a hydrating foundation that helps to quench the skin with moisture. Using a foundation that’s enriched with hydrating skincare ingredients helps dry skin to look and feel smooth and supple while creating a well-nourished, beautiful base for the rest of your makeup.

I like to use dewy and glowy foundations on dry skin types because they help to hydrate the complexion while creating a luminous finish that helps dry, sullen skin to look healthy and full of life. My Light Wonder foundation is a perfect foundation for dry skin, nourishing the complexion with my magic matrix of ingredients, providing sheer, natural-looking coverage and delivering flattering radiance that looks gorgeous on everyone! Or, if you prefer a medium-coverage foundation, Charlotte's Beautiful Skin Foundation bathes the skin in brightening rose complex and hydrating hyaluronic acid to give dry skin a smoother, plumper-looking finish with a healthy-looking glow.

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Which Foundation for Oily Skin?

Foundation can apply seamlessly onto oily skin, but as time passes and the skin’s natural oils begin to seep through, it can start to break down and slide around the face. I’ve formulated all of my foundations to wear beautifully on every skin type, but for those with oily skin that want some extra reassurance that their foundation is going to stay all day, I always recommend Airbrush Flawless Foundation.

Airbrush Flawless Foundation is my full-coverage, natural-matte foundation for airbrushed, flawless-looking skin! It’s a self-setting foundation that’s formulated to stay all day, gliding onto oily skin and locking down with long-wearing coverage that’s resistant to sweat, water, humidity and transfer! It provides full, reliable coverage that feels weightless on the skin, helping oily skin types to create a flawless, poreless-looking complexion with superstar staying power!

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Tilbury Tip: If you have oily skin but prefer a light or medium-coverage foundation, Light Wonder and Charlotte’s Beautiful Skin Foundation will work for you, too! Use my AIRbrush icons such as Airbrush Flawless Finish and Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray to help your foundation stay all day!

Which Foundation for Combination Skin?

Combination skin can often experience some dryness and oiliness in different areas of the face. To get a flawless-looking foundation application for combination skin, you first need to identify the skin concerns for each part of your face. The oiliest areas of the face are usually the T-zone and around the mouth, and dry patches can emerge in areas like the nose, cheeks and forehead; when applying foundation, you’ll want to hydrate any dry patches while mattifying any areas that are prone to excess oils.

Charlotte's Beautiful Skin Foundation is perfect for combination skin! It has medium-buildable coverage and a hydrating, skincare-infused formula that allows you to customise your coverage for an even, healthy-looking complexion. Applying Beautiful Skin Foundation over dryness floods the skin with a rush of hyaluronic acid, hydrating the complexion and helping to create a smoother-looking finish. Then, on the oiliest parts of the face, the formula is easy to build up and helps to cover the look of pores. It also pairs perfectly with my Airbrush Flawless Finish pressed powder, so you can apply to your T-zone to reduce the look of excess shine while leaving the rest of the face looking hydrated with a gorgeous glow!

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Which Foundation for Normal Skin?

Darlings, if you don’t tend to experience excess oil or dryness on the face, then you have what is considered ‘normal’ skin. Since normal skin types don’t have specific skin concerns to address, choosing a foundation comes down to personal preference! Whether you choose a barely-there foundation for a little added coverage or a full-blown, full-coverage makeup look, you can find your FLAWLESS FOUNDATION MATCH at Charlotte Tilbury Beauty!

Each of my foundations is unique and takes a different approach to beautifying the complexion: Light Wonder is a light-coverage dream that sheers out across the skin to give it a luminous finish; Charlotte's Beautiful Skin Foundation is a medium-buildable foundation that gives the skin a healthy-looking glow while building coverage to create your best-skin look; and Airbrush Flawless Foundation is a full-coverage foundation formulated to stay all day, providing maximum coverage while feeling weightless and looking flawless!

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Charlotte Tilbury

Founder, President, Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of Charlotte Tilbury Beauty

With over 30 years experience, Charlotte Tilbury MBE is the world's number 1 makeup artist and British beauty entrepreneur. Charlotte established Charlotte Tilbury Beauty in 2013, which is now a record-breaking beauty brand that has won over 400 awards.